9/11 Health and Compensation

On January 2, 2011, President Obama Signed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (H.R. 847) into law. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney spent nearly a decade fighting to pass this important law, which has provided medical monitoring, treatment, and compensation to those sick and injured from the September 11th attacks.

The Zadroga Act’s two critical programs providing medical treatment and compensation for 9/11 heroes – the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund – were set to shut down and stop providing medical care and compensation by October 2016. 

The World Trade Center Health Program was permanently extended, and an additional $4.6 billion was provided to fully fund the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 signed into law December 18, 2015.

More details on the Zadroga Act are available here:

Resources for the sick and injured:

For other legistlation and related documents click here.


More on 9/11 Health and Compensation

Nov 27, 2002 Press Release
NEW YORK: With just three days to go before the arbitrary ending of an application period for a vital 9/11 aid program, New York members of Congress are urging FEMA today to fix serious problems in the program that prevented many 9/11 victims from receiving much needed help, and then to extend the deadline for applicants.
Nov 15, 2002 Press Release

NEW YORK: In response to the shocking IRS decision today to tax a portion of federal 9/11 grants to individuals and families in lower-Manhattan, Congresswoman Maloney made the following statement:

Nov 14, 2002 Press Release
WASHINGTON: A group of New York elected officials urged Governor Pataki today, to lead a renewed effort in Washington for help with staggering budget shortfalls facing the city and state after 9/11. While some of New York's budget woes stem from the slowed national economy, about $8.8 billion in losses was incurred as a result of the terrorist attacks, according to data from City and State budget offices that was found to be 'reasonably approximate' by the federal General Accounting Office. But so far New York has received no aid from Washington to help cover these losses.
Nov 8, 2002 Press Release
NEW YORK: Inexplicably, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has decided to tax 9/11 recovery grants for businesses in lower-Manhattan. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY), who had organized Congressional letters to the IRS opposing the idea of a tax on the grants, and has authored legislation (HR 5624) to overrule this decision, called the IRS action "troubling".
Nov 1, 2002 Press Release
Washington, DC - Today, Lawmakers called on New York Governor George Pataki to answer questions on the recent dramatic increase in approved Individual and Family Grant applications by the New York State Department of Labor. In a letter signed by Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jose Serrano ( D -NY), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Ed Towns (D-NY), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), lawmakers asked the Governor to explain how the approval process has changed since early September, when the number of IFG grant applications being approved was dramatically low.
Oct 29, 2002 Press Release

New York, NY - The Bush Administration announced Tuesday that it would reimburse the NY Board of Education $80.5 million to make up for lost instructional time resulting from the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), who has been a leader in the fight to press FEMA for full reimbursement of expenses incurred as a result of 9/11, applauded the decision.

Oct 28, 2002 Press Release
We all know too well the effects and some of the costs that September 11th has had on our community and the work that has been and is being done to rebuild and make our City whole again is incredible.
Oct 24, 2002 Press Release

NEW YORK: Today, a coalition of New Yorkers urged the immediate reform of a 9/11 aid program meant to help families and individuals after the disaster, but failing in numerous ways. The program in question is the FEMA Individual and Family Grants (IFG) program that is being managed by the New York State Department of Labor. It allows for nearly $15,000 for lost or damaged property and home repairs after national disasters, but average aid provided through the program in New York ($1,039) is less than half what has typically been provided to individuals in other disasters around the country ($2,586), and applicants have experienced extreme delays in receiving decisions on aid by the state. In addition, the 13.8% to 26% approval rate for accepted applications after 9/11 is far lower than the IFG program's approval rate after other national disasters which averaged 55% in 2001.

Oct 17, 2002 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), along with Representatives JosÁ Serrano (D-NY), Edolphus Towns (D-NY), and Martin Frost (D-TX), introduced legislation, H.R. 5676, “The Disaster Relief for Our Schools Act,” which would return authority to the U.S. Department of Education for providing assistance to school districts following a disaster.  In 1994, responsibility for disaster assistance officially was transferred from the Department of Education to FEMA under the Stafford Act.  

Oct 11, 2002 Press Release

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and several other New York Lawmakers introduced legislation yesterday to protect lower Manhattan businesses and residents from having to pay any taxes on 9/11 recovery assistance.